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Collaborative writing experience: Generation gap

Posted by Mrs Sawsen Abid on December 16 2017, 18:35pm

Categories: #Spotlight on English Tunisia

                         

My students and I really enjoyed our first session of collaborative writing. I chose generation gap as our theme and a letter of complaint as our task to fulfill. As a first step, (and on a very small paper I prepared at home) students start by writing one word to express their dissatisfaction with their relationship with their parent(s). The word money and homework were given as examples. So after a minute, students read their words for their friends. They expressed themselves frankly and talked about their parents’ disagreement about their clothes, friends, games, fun, homework...

Then, as a second step and from the same word they came up with, I assigned a full sentence to be written to express complaint. 2 minutes later students managed to express their dissatisfaction with their parents’ thoughts and behaviours. I received sentences like “my parents never approve of my friends and that upsets me” or “I feel really sad because my parents never give me enough pocket money and think I am squandering it.”

  Reading sentences aloud was the best idea to make sure there were different sentences in the same group and that every member did his part. Then, these sentences were to be numbered or ordered as parts of a complaint letter I asked the students to work on collaboratively. I also told the students that linking these sentences and retreiving any irrelevant one would be their last step before writing their complaint letter and presenting the group’s final work to the whole class.

Of course while moving around the groups I was asked if they could add more ideas and sentences and I answered that it’s the groups work and all members were to agree on any addition on condition that it won’t be irrelelvant.

 As a final step I asked students to comment on their peers work by telling if any thing is missing, or any link is inappropriately used or any irrelevant idea should be ommited from the work, and many other remarks.

The students really liked the idea. They felt the burden of writing lighter while making the team’s output better.  This was rewarding experience for them.

To make the work easier I advise you to write the following steps on the board and tick every step you achieveP:

Step 1: one-word stepP

Step 2: one- sentence stepP

Step 3: order and link step. P

Step 4:  First draft step. P

Step 5: Revision step. P

Step 6: team work presentation stepP

Step 7: Evalution and comments. (feedback) P

 

 

Reading sentences aloud was the best idea to make sure there were different sentences in the same group and that every member did his part. Then, these sentences were to be numbered or ordered as parts of a complaint letter I asked the students to work on collaboratively. I also told the students that linking these sentences and retreiving any irrelevant one would be their last step before writing their complaint letter and presenting the group’s final work to the whole class.

Of course while moving around the groups I was asked if they could add more ideas and sentences and I answered that it’s the groups work and all members were to agree on any addition on condition that it won’t be irrelelvant.

 As a final step I asked students to comment on their peers work by telling if any thing is missing, or any link is inappropriately used or any irrelevant idea should be ommited from the work, and many other remarks.

The students really liked the idea. They felt the burden of writing lighter while making the team’s output better.  This was rewarding experience for them.

To make the work easier I advise you to write the following steps on the board and tick every step you achieveP:

Step 1: one-word stepP

Step 2: one- sentence stepP

Step 3: order and link step. P

Step 4:  First draft step. P

Step 5: Revision step. P

Step 6: team work presentation stepP

Step 7: Evalution and comments. (feedback) P

 
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